Oakland Raiders: Notes & Observations From The Week That Was

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September 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) scores a touchdown against Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Arrington (24, right) during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Receivers Step Up Big

The Raiders remade much of their receiving corps this offseason, which many believed was a fantastic move. And given Oakland’s lack of production from their wideouts last season, it certainly seemed to be. With the additions of Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and even Seth Roberts, the Raiders have a ton of receiving talent.

It just took a week to start clicking.

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  • The Oakland air attack pretty well sputtered against the Bengals in week one. Granted, Carr was injured in the second quarter and did not return, leaving backup Matt McGloin to try and quickly form a chemistry with his receivers that obviously was not there. Cooper was Oakland’s leading receiver on the day with a meager 47 yards on five receptions, part of a very pedestrian 183 yard effort from the passing game on the day.

    Against the Ravens though, the Raiders’ passing game came out firing from the opening snap. And they spent the day coming up with big play after big play. Carr and his pass catchers were in rhythm and it was a beautiful sight to behold for Raiders fans.

    For the afternoon, Crabtree hauled in 111 yards on 9 receptions (12.3 ypc) and a score while Cooper added 109 yards on seven receptions (15.6 ypc) and his first NFL touchdown. But it was Seth Roberts who had the game’s biggest catch as he caught Carr’s go ahead touchdown pass with just 26 seconds left in the game.

    Cooper and Crabtree became the first Raiders’ receiving duo to record a 100 yard game since week 17 of the 2005 season when Randy Moss and Doug Gabriel accomplished the feat.

    The Raiders showed that they have an offense that is capable of being just as explosive as any in the league. Now, they just need to work on maintaining it and being consistent in their efforts.

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